Best economics books – The Enlightened Economist Prize

The announcement of the shortlist for the FT’s Business Book of the Year is always interesting – tellingly, the article about it in yesterday’s paper had the headline A reading list to reflect loss of faith in capitalism. As ever, I’ve read some, but not all, of the titles, so it adds some interesting new ones to my reading list. Of the shortlist, I’ve reviewed Why Nations Fail, Paper Promises and What Money Can’t Buy.

I’ve gone back through the months since January 2012 to pick out my own longish shortlist for The Enlightened Economist Prize (the criterion is that I happened to read them in the past 12 months, and my non-economics reading is excluded).

The list is:

 David Graeber

 Roger Backhouse and Bradley Bateman

 Daniel Kahneman

 Nicholas Wapshott

David Wolman

 Nicholas Shaxson

 Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

 Gary Fields

 Timur Kuran

Peter Marsh

 Ariel Rubinstein

 Paul Ormerod

Scott Patterson

 Justin Yifu Lin

The winner of The Enlightened Economist economics book of 2012 will also be announced in September. I can’t offer a cash prize but will be delighted to offer a nice dinner in London to the winning author(s).

The prize – dinner’s on me


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